Women in Mongolia escape domestic violence during pandemic

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia – When Dulam* first sought help from a center in northern Mongolia, she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. For years, she had experienced violence by her husband – as had her four children, aged 2-16. Dulam, now 38, hid the violence from family and friends for…

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Yemenis, No Matter What

UNFPA has been providing sexual and reproductive health care to the Yemeni people despite intense challenges and a funding shortfall. Keep reading to learn more about what is going on in Yemen. Situation overview  Conflict in Yemen began in 2011. Then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh gave his office to his deputy, Abdrabbuh Mansour…

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2021: The Challenges Ahead

No one expected 2020 to turn out the way it did. But now, with several vaccines approved for use, the end of the COVID-19 pandemic could be in sight. However, challenges still remain.  We don’t yet know how long the vaccines will immunize us from coronavirus. We also don’t know when the next…

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UNFPA’s “Cash for Protection” program helps single mother survive abuse

4 minute read The rainy season has come again in Tulanan, a city in The Philippines. For single mother Sarah, it brings back bitter memories.  Keeping an eye on her store and her two young children, aged three and one, Sarah remembers the pain her partner put her through and…

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Hindsight is 2020: Looking back on a year of humanitarian emergencies

No humanitarian emergency quite dominated our news cycles, personal relationships, work life, or health quite like coronavirus in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic overturned much of what we thought we knew: that our friends and neighbors are responsible; that, in times of crisis, communities band together; or that our loved ones are safe.  But…

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Like Everyone Else, Sex Workers Deserve Health Care

Sex workers are a diverse group of people. They are men, women, and transgender people. Some are parents, members of religious groups, and members of our communities. Some sex workers enjoy their work and see it as a way to express their sexuality. Others like the income and…

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For one breast cancer survivor in Gaza Strip, a journey of hardship and hope with UNFPA

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip, Palestine – “I always encourage the women I know to do a self-exam and regular screenings,” Intisar, 55, told UNFPA. She is a breast cancer survivor from Deir al-Balah in the Gaza Strip, and her outspokenness about the topic is a rarity in her community….

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UNFPA’s Ongoing Work in Yemen

The world’s worst humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in Yemen for the past five years. UNFPA had to close 100 of 180 health facilities in 2020 because of funding shortages. Medicine and midwives are scarce. And the lives of millions of pregnant women and their babies are in…

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What You Didn’t Know About Teenage Pregnancy

*Please be advised that this article contains information on sexual and physical abuse toward children.  Every day, at least 20,000 girls give birth and every year, 12 million girls around the world become mothers. Most of these girls live in lower and middle-income countries. These girls are not irresponsible and becoming…

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Mobile clinics treat reproductive cancers in along Ukraine’s contact line

POPASNA, Ukraine – “I just hope it’s not cancer,” Valentina, 71, thought. She was visiting a UNFPA mobile clinic in Ukraine last year. She had been suffering intense pain in her pelvic area for a long time. But because her rural village in Ukraine lacked medical specialists, like gynecologists,…

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